Basketball Association leaders unite to grow the game!
The MYAS senior leadership team created and constructed the inaugural MYAS Basketball Board of Advisors (BOA) over the past month, with the goal of uniting the entire Minnesota youth basketball community in order to enhance and grow the game in all facets. This board is made up of individuals who are or have been in the trenches, such as current and past presidents or vice presidents of basketball associations from around the state of Minnesota. Currently, 25 youth basketball association leaders have agreed to serve and are excited to be part of the BOA.
On May 2, 2019, the MYAS hosted the inaugural meeting at the MYAS office. This meeting included leaders from 16 different basketball associations across the metropolitan area and greater Minnesota: Brainerd, Chaska, Christian Life Ministries, Conway-Central Area, Fridley, Mendota Heights, Minneapolis Lakers, Osseo-Maple Grove, Orono, Owatonna, Rogers, Shakopee Boys, St. Louis Park, St. Paul Basketball, Stewartville, and Wayzata Boys.
Leaders from the following basketball associations were not in attendance but have agreed to be members of this Board of Advisors: Big Lake, Byron, Cambridge-Isanti, Cottage Grove, East Duluth, Farmington, Hibbing, Mankato, and Wayzata Girls.
Topics discussed at the inaugural meeting included:
- Ball size for 3rd and 4th grade teams
- Pressing and zone defense
- The MYAS Player Transfer policy
- Shared information regarding the Minneapolis and St. Paul Basketball Coalitions
- How keep team identification consistent throughout the winter season
- How the MYAS Trusted Rankings platform will be a true supplement and asset for seeding teams into the MYAS Grade State Championships
The purpose of this newly formed MYAS Basketball BOA is to receive direct feedback, ideas and concerns from our partners and participants, the parent-volunteer basketball association leaders, that will enhance MYAS basketball programming. Through the discussion, opinions provided, and decisions made by the members of the BOA (our participants and partners), the MYAS will continue to provide top notch programming to the Minnesota youth basketball community.
We plan to discuss many topics and items with the BOA over the next few months in order to improve youth basketball in Minnesota. Members of the MYAS staff will share the BOA’s changes and enhancements at the annual MYAS Basketball Association Leaders pre-season meeting on August 7, 2019, at Fridley High School’s ISD #14 Auditorium (time TBD).
Thank you for your time and dedication to the youth in your communities and to the great game of basketball here in Minnesota.